Best of the Web

Best of the Web is an annual contest to recognize the best museum work on the web. Sites are nominated by museum professionals from around the world and reviewed by a committee of peers. Submit your Best of the Web Nomination

Previous winners are listed on Wikipedia.

How does the Best of the Web work?

  • All nominations are made through this website and are available online for others to review.
  • Only registered users can nominate a digital project. If you haven’t registered, feel free to set up an account. Note: Accounts resulting from a campaign to promote a digital project will not be approved or will be suspended when discovered.
  • Sites can be nominated in any one of the categories.
  • You can nominate as many projects as you feel deserve a Best of the Web award. You may nominate your own project but we encourage you to nominate others as well to help bring the best projects in the field to the attention of all.

What’s required in a Nomination?

  • To make a nomination complete the online form.
  • Complete all the fields:
    • Project Name
      the formal name of the site, or part of a site
    • Institution
      the museum that launched the project; format this so it sorts in lists
    • Designer
      the name of the individual or firm who designed the site. if in-house, say so here.
    • URL
      the full, working URL for the project, starting with http:// Make sure you get this right. if we can’t find the project info online, we can’t review it.
    • Category
      the category the project should be considered it. pick an appropriate category; parts of projects that excel in a category do better in competition than home pages nominated in any category.
    • Small Museum Yes / No
      should this project be considered for a Small Museum award?
    • Why
      help the judges: highlight why this project is great at what it does. Cite specific webpages by URL. Include screen shots if desired.
    • Screen Images
      At least one screen shot or illustration is recommended. These should highlight exceptional parts of the project. Upload a screenshot by clicking on the media button above the Why text area. Follow the prompts on the pop-up form, first to upload your image file, and then to link it to your nomination. Put your image at the start of your text, and the words will flow around it. Please use the default settings for image formatting.
  • Preview your nomination and correct any problems.
  • Submit your nomination.
  • Once submitted, nominations will be reviewed by the MW2015 Best of the Web Committee, and then released to the conference site.

The Deadline

  • Nominations will be accepted until March 1st, 2015

The List of Nominations

  • Nominations will listed immediately after they are reviewed and released.
  • Nominations are linked to the user profile of the nominator.

The Review Process

  • All nominations will be available for members of the community to review and comment.
  • Comments on nominated projects are encouraged.
  • All nominated projects will be considered by the Best of the Web Committee for an award.
  • See the outline of Panel review process.

People’s Choice

  • Members of the community vote for the “people’s choice” award: March 23rd – April 8, 2015.
  • When voting is open, registered users will be able to select a project and cast a vote.
  • Only registered users can vote for a project. Each user has one vote.
    If you haven’t registered, feel free to set up an account. Accounts created during a campaign to promote a project will not be approved.
  • Voting for the ‘People’s Choice’ is limited to members of this online community [professionals, researchers and students in cultural informatics] because it is not intended to be a public popularity contest. Like the other Best of the Web Awards, the People’s Choice is an opportunity for peers – people in our field – to recognize good work. Broad, public campaigns for support are not encouraged. Collegial jostling is expected.

The Awards

  • Best of the Web 2015 Awards will be made at Museums and the Web 2015, in Chicago on Friday, April 10th, 2015